Bulls use their horns for attacking predators, but for vehicles, bull bars function more on the defensive side. Aside from giving your vehicle those muscles that will make it look intimidating, these bars can also provide the collision protection you need, especially when you’re driving off-road.
Here at KP Fabrication & Welding, we are dedicated to providing solutions that will improve our client’s safety and overall driving experience. As such, we’ve listed some of the reasons why you would need a bull bar.
Overview of Bull Bars
Have you ever tried playing any type of contact sports? If so, then you would probably be familiar with the concept of bull bars. Just imagine your face receiving a powerful kick without any protective gear and you’d understand how important a bull bar is for your vehicle. While your truck or 4×4 is made of strong metal materials, its front-end can be quite fragile. A huge tree branch or an oversized boulder can punch through it. Needless to say, you may be looking at expensive repairs.
Roads can undeniably be dangerous and meeting accidents here is highly plausible. When you do not equip your vehicle with the necessary protection, it might suffer serious damages. A lot of truck and 4×4 owners choose to modify their vehicles to increase their defence features. It is worth noting that one of the best off-road mods is a bull bar.
Bull bars are accessories that are mounted to a vehicle’s front-end, and they mainly protect the vehicle and the passengers from serious damages or injuries. They come in various sizes, forms and construction styles. Typically, they are made from highly durable aluminium or steel tubing. Here at KP Fabrication & Welding, we specialise in customising and installing aluminium bull bars.
If you want to know the good reasons why we prefer this material, check out our article which compares stainless steel and aluminium accessories for trucks. Meanwhile, let us show you all the benefits you can enjoy when you have a bull bar.
- Protection against Animal Collisions
When you hit a sizeable animal like a kangaroo, the collision can damage your car, leaving you stranded. With a sturdy bull bar mounted to your vehicle, you can protect its front-end. This means that you can still a have a good chance of driving your car even in the event of a collision with an animal. Ideally, you would not want to get into an accident or to hit anything. However, kangaroos can jump from out of nowhere and sometimes, when you least expect it. As such, it is better to be safe by installing a bull bar on your vehicle. You can also lower the chances of colliding with an animal by avoiding driving during dusk or dawn.
- Protection from Off-Road Elements
When you’re driving off-road, your vehicle would be exposed to different kinds of hazards, including rocks, sticks and ruts, among many others. These elements can get stuck in odd places, potentially damaging your vehicle. Sticks can get caught up through the front underbody, and they can be quite a pain to remove. Just imagine that you’re unknowingly driving towards a log that can impale your vehicle. This log pointing towards you can punch straight through the engine bay. A bull bar is made of a hard material which can be harder to pierce as compared to plastic.
- Useful as a Mounting Point for Winches
Of course, we won’t deny that there are several ways to mount winches. However, the easiest way to do so is by mounting them onto a bull bar. Even if you don’t plan on purchasing a winch, having a bull bar can be beneficial if you are thinking of reselling your vehicle in the future.
- Good Mounting Point for Other Accessories
If you love driving in sand dunes, you would need a sand flag. The best place to mount this accessory is at the front of your vehicle. A strong and sturdy bull bar can be a reliable point from where you can mount your sand flag. If you’re planning to install additional driving lights, you would need a base that’s stiffer than any nudge bar. Bull bars are also ideal for mounting UHF antennas.
- Improving the Approach Angle
Bull bars can also help you improve your vehicle’s approach angle so it wouldn’t touch the terrain. If the bar does come into contact with the elements on your way, it would suffer as much damage as its original plastic bar. After all, bars can only be scuffed while plastics can break.
- More Convenient for Installing Recovery Points
Before, there were a lot of vehicles that have simple chassis rails which extend out front. These days, recovery loads are becoming increasingly popular. The great thing about customised bull bars is that they can be fitted with recovery points. Other bars can also help make the chassis more visible so points can be added to it. It is worth noting that it can be difficult to fit recovery points without a bull bar.
- Enhancing your Vehicle’s Aesthetic Appeal
Aside from the aforementioned benefits, bull bars can also improve the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle, giving it a unique character and style. Having a premium quality bull bar mounted to your vehicle just shows how much you value craftsmanship and good design.
With all the advantages you can enjoy from having a bull bar, you might be wondering if installing one will affect the road capability of your vehicle. Well, here at KP Fabrication & Welding, we offer aluminium bull bars that are strong yet lighter than their steel counterparts. So, this accessory won’t weigh your vehicle down.
Aside from that, we also design our bull bars to withstand the harsh Australian conditions. They are resistant to corrosion, so you do not have to worry about it wearing out sooner. Of course, since bull bars protect vehicles, they are also prone to damages and bending. However, if it is not utterly damaged, you do not have to replace it. After all, a bull bar can be brought back to its original form.
If you want to have a top-notch bull bar for your UTE, 4×4 or truck, contact KP Fabrication & Welding today! Simply contact us and you can get a FREE QUOTE!
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